Found via eBookNewser: OverDrive has temporarily postponed library pre-sales of the forthcoming Harry Potter e-books. Overdrive Public Relations and Social Media Specialist Michael Lovett writes:
We’re excited about the forthcoming launch of Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks for library lending. We’re working with Pottermore to introduce this compelling series, and as part of the process of coordinating launch plans with Pottermore, we have temporarily suspended pre-sales and display of these titles at library websites. This is only a postponement, and libraries will soon be able to resume pre-ordering the titles in preparation for launch in April.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We’ll keep you posted as the process unfolds.
I agree with eBookNewser’s Nate Hoffelder that it seems likely the servers were beginning to get slammed by all the requests for information, so OverDrive is busy reinforcing its servers to accommodate the onslaught.
It will be exciting to see the books finally come to (legitimate) electronic formats. Here’s hoping the OverDrive and Pottermore servers can handle the loads.